Puck drops on junior ‘B’ hockey season for Glens, Rebels
BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor The puck dropped on the CCHL2 201718 season last weekend, as the Alexandria Glens and Char-Lan Rebels both saw action at the league’s opening showcase in Ottawa.
The action didn’t go off without a hitch, however, as the Glens didn’t get to finish one of their games due to technical difficulties at the new privately-managed arena complex.
With the Alexandria boys up 3-0 after one period Saturday night, against the Brockville Tikis, Glens coach Stephan Nadeau was informed that the remainder of the game would have to be postponed due to problems with the ice resurfacing machine.
In fact, all three matches that were underway were disrupted.
According to a message received from the CCHL2, the root of the issue was an alarm on a door that provides access to the rinks for the ice machine. Staff could not fix the problem, forcing games to be scrubbed.
Nadeau was decidedly displeased, describing the issue as “crazy.”
With Nicolas Rousseau in net, the Glens got goals from Mikael Gibeault (assisted by Alexandre Elie and Victor Bisson), Nash McLean (off a feed from Gibeault), and Adam Paquette (set up by Innis MacLeod and David Chaloux).
The league tells that the game will be resumed at a date to be determined. No word yet on where the contest will be. Technically, even though this game was at the showcase, it was a home match for the Glens.
The Alexandria squad did get to a play full game on Sunday, though the result wasn’t what coach Nadeau had wanted, joking afterwards that he wished this one had been stopped after one period.
The Sept. 10 contest pitted the Glens against the Whitewater Kings, which are the relocated (to Cobden) Prescott Flyers.
The teams traded goals in the opening frame, with Alexandria’s potted by MacLeod, set up by Austin Ladouceur.
The Kings went on to add single goals in each of the next two periods, handing the Glens a 3-1 loss.
Brennan Nadeau was in net for Alexandria, making 23 saves.
Rebels skate to split
The Char-Lan Rebels got both of their games in without trouble, skating to a 1-1 record at the CCHL2 showcase.
On Saturday, the boys opened the junior ‘B’ hockey season with a 5-3 loss to the Athens Aeros.
Athens built a 3-0 lead, holding it until the 15:14 mark of the second stanza, when Char-Lan bagged the first of three goals, which got the Rebs back on even terms by the second intermission.
On a power play 13 minutes into the third, the Aeros bagged what would stand as the game-winning tally. The Aeros added an insurance marker late to round out the scoring.
Mathieu Sabourin scored Char-Lan’s opening goal, off a feed from Pierre-Luc Sabourin. Liam MacDonald, on a power play, nabbed the next one, assisted by Jason Cossette and Sam Gaudreau, who later scored too, set up by MacDonald.
Dawson Irving took the loss between the pipes, despite a 35-save effort.
Char-Lan went one-for-six on the power play.
Game two also finished up 5-3, albeit this time in favour of the Rebels, who victimized the Renfrew Timberwolves.
After a scoreless opening frame, Matthew Harrington potted an unassisted tally just 81 seconds into the middle period, to set the table for the win.
Gaudreau found the target six minutes later, set up by MacDonald and Evan Huntley.
Renfrew got one back, but the Rebs quickly replied, this time from Zenin Biron, assisted by Gaudreau and Dylan Seguin.
MacDonald, from Huntley and Cossette, made it a 4-1 lead for Char-Lan, just 58 seconds into the third frame. His goal would end up being the game-winner.
Renfrew clawed to within a goal in the latter half of the period, before Huntley sealed it, with helpers from Sam Ferland and Kolten Oakes-Cook.
In net, Darien Johnson backstopped the win, stopping 35 shots.
Other CCHL2 showcase results: Arnprior 4 vs. Embrun 3 (SO), Ottawa West 6 vs. Renfrew 3, Casselman 5 vs. Perth 0, Carleton Place 5 vs. Winchester 1, Embrun 6 vs. Westport 1, Ottawa West 4 vs. Athens 2, Ottawa 6 vs. Brockville 0, Arnprior 6 vs. Richmond 3, Winchester 4 vs. Perth 1,
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Casselman 7 vs. Carleton Place 2.
Hockey returns to the Glengarry Sports Palace, in Alexandria, on Friday, Sept. 15, when the Glens (0-1) will host the CharLan Rebels (1-1) at 8 p.m.
Char-Lan’s home opener, at the Rec. Centre in Williamstown, is booked for Saturday, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m., with the Perth Blue Wings ( 0- 2) providing the opposition.
Alexandria is going with an all-Glengarry goaltending tandem this season, with North Lancaster’s Nicolas Rousseau and Glen Robertson’s Brennan Nadeau.
Austin Ladouceur is the lone “hometown” player with the Glens.
Other county boys currently on the Alexandria roster include Adam Paquette (Apple Hill), Innis MacLeod (Dalkeith), and Lee Seguin (Lancaster).
Several North Glengarry boys are members of the Rebels this year: Dylan Seguin, Mathieu Sabourin, Pierre- Luc Sabourin, and Liam MacDonald.
Numerous South Glengarrians who could skate for Char-Lan are on the rosters of the Cornwall Colts (junior ‘A’ and U18).
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